Granite Island proposal proceeds to next stage

23 April 2015

Minister Ian Hunter
Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation

The State Government will assess a proposal that could result in a new tourist venture based from the Granite Island Kiosk.

Developers have proposed a marine tourism venture in waters off Granite Island, which would give visitors the opportunity to swim with a range of different fish species, handfeed fish from a viewing platform, view them from an underwater observatory and learn more about South Australia’s marine life.

Sustainability, Environment and Conservation Minister Ian Hunter said the proposal, which needs to pass through all relevant approvals, is an opportunity to reinvigorate Granite Island.

“We’re very keen to explore every opportunity to generate tourism ventures that make the most of our clean, green image,” he said.

“This proposal has the potential to promote Granite Island and the Fleurieu region, and develop an exciting visitor experience that works hand-in-hand with the region’s marine parks.

“The public can rest assured it will be rigorously assessed against all relevant legislation and the guidelines for dealing with unsolicited proposals before any decision is made.”

The project has been put forward by Oceanic Victor Pty Ltd directors Tony Santic and Michael Dyer and the company’s advisor Emma Forster.

They approached the Office of the State Coordinator-General about the project, which is being considered in accordance with the Government’s guidelines for assessing unsolicited proposals.

Minister Hunter said the proposal highlights the importance of the work of the State Coordinator-General to work with developers on projects with a value of more than $3 million, to cut red tape and generate new investment.
“This proposal has already passed through the first stage of the process, involving a preliminary assessment of whether it delivers good outcomes for the community,” he said.

“Now, the project’s proponent will need to provide a comprehensive business case to be assessed through the relevant government agencies. If the proposal is accepted, the Government will then begin contract negotiations with the proponent.”

Mr Hunter said the community would be given the opportunity to have their say on various aspects of the project, with details to be announced in the near future.

View the guidelines for assessing unsolicited proposals.

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